Yours Truly, Johnny Atsign


ANNOUNCER: From Westminster, it’s time for —

SOUND: Skype rings once. Receiver picked up.

JOHNNY: Johnny Atsign.

BOB BAILEY: (Telephone Filter) Hi, Johnny. It’s Bob Bailey.

JOHNNY: Hi! I haven’t heard from you for a while,

BOB BAILEY: (Telephone Filter) Yeah, but no one’s heard much from you for a couple of months. What’s up these days?

JOHNNY: Quite a bit, actually. But not stuff that’s cleared for broadcast yet.

BOB BAILEY: (Telephone Filter) Yeah. I know how that goes.

MUSIC: Theme up and under.

ANNOUNCER: The Lickspittle Broadcasting System presents W. J. J. Hoge in the transcribed adventures of the man with the action-packed Twitter account, America’s fabulous free-lance Internet investigator …

JOHNNY: Yours Truly, Johnny Atsign!

MUSIC: Theme up to music out. Continue reading

Newspapers v. Maryland News


I’ve been following a case filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland by a group of newspapers against the Maryland Election Commission seeking to overturn a vague and patently unconstitutional law dealing with online political advertising. It turns out that I have a dog in that fight because there are months when the traffic here at Hogewash! is sufficient for the law to apply to this blog.

The newspapers are seeking a preliminary injunction prohibiting the State from enforcing the law. A hearing is scheduled on their motion on 16 November before Judge Paul Grimm. I plan to cover that hearing.

Stay tuned.

Thanks for the Links


A significant number of page views here at Hogewash! come from outside links. I’d like to thank those sites that have sent viewers this way during the past week. In addition to hits from search engines, Gab, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook, Hogewash! has had visitors linked from:

The Other McCain
Sonoran Conservative
Evi L. Bloggerlady
Saber Point
The Blogmocracy
Thinking Man’s Zombie
Slate
The Pirate’s Cove
TX Fellowship

Thank you, fellow bloggers, for those links, and thanks to everyone clicked on them.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


Neal Rauhauser is one of the original members of the Team Kimberlin crew. For a while, it seemed that he was a key member of The Dread Deadbeat Pirate Kimberlin’s operation, and he was carried on the roster here at Hogewash! as First Mate. FMNR’s main function was to be an Internet troll, and that gave rise to this post from six years ago today titled In the Hall of the Mountain King.

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If the phrase In the Hall of the Mountain King means anything to most people, it’s as the title to one of the parts of Edvard Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite. Cinema buffs may also associate that tune with the movie M, as the music played just as the serial killer played by Peter Lorre strikes.

I was reminded of the phrase while reading this post about Neal Rauhauser over at The Other McCain. Stacy McCain wonders whether Mr. Rauhauser is evil or crazy or both. (My guess is that both is the correct answer.)

Rauhauser thinks of his evil acts as heroic, avenging the wrongs he alleges have been done by the dehumanized scapegoats whom he alternately diminishes (as insignificant “trolls,” etc.) and magnifies as dangerous enemies, as suits his selfish purposes.

I would argue, and this where the Hall of the Mountain King comes in, that what Neal Rauhauser wants to be is King of the Trolls like the character in Act II of the Ibsen play Peer Gynt. After Peer Gynt meets the Troll King’s daughter, the Troll King offers him the opportunity to become a troll—if Peer marries the daughter. Peer declines in the end. An important plot point that is crucial to understanding the play is a question asked by the Troll King: “What is the difference between troll and man?” The answer given is: “Out there, where sky shines, humans say, ‘To thyself be true.’ In here, trolls say, ‘Be true to yourself and to hell with the world.'” Egoism is a defining trait of the trolls in the play.

So it is with Mr. Rauahauser. His seeming lack of empathy might allow him to believe that he is merely following Polonius’ advice (and the Troll Motto)—To Thine Own Self Be True—while ignoring “And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man.”

Neal Rauhauser, wannabe King of the Trolls. That might explain a lot.

Oh, and one more thing … Stacy McCain describes Neal Rauhauser as Patient Zero in the Weinergate nonsense. A better description might be the virus.

Yet one more thing … You can tell that I didn’t go to Harvard. I referred to M as a movie instead of a film.

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FMNR slithered off around the end of 2012 or the beginning of 2013. Too many people in Maryland were aware of his outstanding warrants. He’s still hiding.

Thanks for the Links


A significant number of page views here at Hogewash! come from outside links. I’d like to thank those sites that have sent viewers this way during the past week. In addition to hits from search engines, Gab, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook, Hogewash! has had visitors linked from:

The Other McCain
Evi L. Bloggerlady
Teh Daily Squeak
Instapundit
Sonoran Conservative
Legal Insurrection
Allergic to Bull
Thinking Man’s Zombie
Billy Sez

Thank you, fellow bloggers, for those links, and thanks to everyone clicked on them.